Will Ravens continue momentum in Detroit?
Reggie Bush expects to play against the Ravens on Monday night, after returning to practice Friday. That could be really bad news for Baltimore. The Lions (7-6) are a far more dangerous team with Bush on the field at running back. He missed the Lions' Week 14 game against the Eagles after aggravating a calf injury.
Despite not living up to the stardom predicted when he was the second pick in the 2006 draft, Bush remains an explosive player. He’s on his way to a potential 1000-yard season (854 yards, 4.7 yards per carry) and he also has 448 yards receiving, including a 77-yard touchdown reception. Bush was an excellent off-season addition in free agency for the Lions, and has been a nice compliment to wide receiver Calvin Johnson.
That does not mean Bush is satisfied. He talked candidly about his career on Jim Rome on Showtime, saying his career has not been what he expected when the Saints drafted him in 2006, after the Texans were heavily criticized for taking Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick.
“I would say my career has been OK,” Bush said. “It’s been good, but not great. I feel like there’s a lot left in me to give this game, so I look forward to the years to come and I’m going to ride this thing until the wheels come off.” The immediate question is whether Bush can help the Lions (7-6) win the NFC North and make the playoffs. Monday’s game is pivotal for both the Ravens (7-6) and the Lions. Unless Bush has a setback this weekend, trying to stop him will be one of the Ravens’ problems Monday night.